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This section has been created to assist my clients and friends. Frequently people ask me what to install and where to obtain it, to solve a particular problem. This site offers a central location to link to the appropriate download sites for popular freeware programs.

Information, suggestions and links to download sites have been recommended in good
faith without warranty or guarantee of any kind, either expressed or implied.


Foxit PDF Reader FreeFileSync Mailwasher Switch Audio Convert LightBox Image Editor
CutePDF Writer Treesize VLC Media Player Slice Audio Splitter FastStone Image Viewer
MS Converters Security Essentials Filezilla Client YouTube Converter Gimp Image Editor
CDBurnerXP 7-Zip WinAlarm M4a Converter Audacity
Convert File Shredder Speccy K-Lite Codec Pack 3GP Converter

LightBox Image Editor

LightBox Free Image Editor is a basic editor that will allow you to make changes and edits to your photos quickly and easily. It is an excellent little utility that only takes a few minutes to get the hang of. It has split screen views to help you compare your images before and after the corrections have been made. It includes simple tools to correct red-eye, sharpen, crop, re-size, add borders, and print.

If you're looking for something that can do a basic job with the minimum of fuss and ease of use, then take a look at LightBox.  Scroll down to Lightbox 2.0 - download 9.8MB

FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer is an intermediate image browser, converter and editor that supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO, TGA and camera raw files. It has a nice array of features such as image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, color adjustments, change colour depth, add text and watermarks to images and much more. One feature that I really like is the Clone and Heal tool, does a really good job. Download Vs 4.7 - 1.4MB

Gimp Image Editor

Gimp is an advanced image editor and can do almost everything that Photoshop can do and it’s free! It does however have a steep learning curve for those not familiar with image editing software.

Gimp can perform simple tasks, like cropping and resizing. Assortment of color balance tools, as well as painting tools. Allows you to create, edit, and merge layers. Also allows you to work on something and then choose to display it or not as part of the final picture. You can create collages by opening a new blank project file and importing images into layers. You can examine and edit photos on the pixel level, using tools like “color picker,” blurring, etc.

This is reputedly the most sophisticated freeware software for image editing available. Vs 2.8.4. 73.3MB

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials is the anti-virus program I recommend to help guard against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Having used the big brother to MSE, MS Forefront in large commercial networks I know it’s good! Microsoft Security Essentials is free* and is designed to be simple to install and easy to use.

It runs quietly and efficiently in the background so you don't have to worry about interruptions or making updates. Microsoft have a whole team watching for new threats and coming up with ways to squash them. 10.5MB

Microsoft Office File Converters and Viewers

With the help of converters and viewers from Office Online you can view office files even if you don't have Office installed on your computer. On this website you can download viewers for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and other MS programs.

In addition you can also download the Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. If for arguments sake you have Office 2003 installed you can download the Compatibility Pack and view and edit documents that were created in later versions of Office e.g. Office 2007 or 2010.

Switch Audio File Converter

Switch is one of the most stable and comprehensive multi format audio file converters available and is very easy to use. It is a universal audio converter supporting all popular formats. Convert or compress sound files within minutes of downloading. Includes batch audio converter to convert thousands of files. Extract audio from any media file including video.
Supported Audio File Formats: wav, mp3, wma, m4a, ogg, avi, mid, flac, mov, amr, aac, au, aif, raw, dvf, vox, cda, gsm, dss, wmv and many more audio formats.Download switchsetup.exe 488KB

Slice Audio Splitter

Slice is a free audio file splitter that is designed to split audio files into a set number or a set duration. This easy mp3 splitter software can also detect a specified amount of silence and split the file at these points. Great for an mp3 containing multiple tracks for example an entire CD in one file and splitting it up into individual tracks. Or maybe an audio book that you would like to break up into 15 or 30 minute segments.

Designed to be very easy and intuitive to use, Slice will have you splitting wav files, mp3 and other audio files within minutes and creating audio file sizes you want. slicesetup.exe 233KB

M4a to MP3 Converter

Maybe someone emailed you a M4A file but you're not sure how to use it. Perhaps you tried to open the M4A file but Windows told you that it could not open it.
Do you need to convert M4a to MP3? AAC to MP3? MP4 audio to MP3? Then take a look at the new tool from ManiacTools, Free M4a to MP3 Converter.

Free M4a to MP3 Converter combines professional quality with high speed and user-friendly interface. You can simply drag and drop your M4a or AAC files from Windows Explorer and then hit "Convert". M4a-to-mp3-converter.exe 3.6MB

YouTube Converter

It is not easy to download a YouTube song, and it is even more difficult to save YouTube music to MP3. With Free YouTube to MP3 Converter every computer user, even a newbie, will be able to download from YouTube any song, a movie soundtrack, a lecture or a tutorial in a few minutes, or even in a few seconds.

Free YouTube to MP3 Converter is a completely free YouTube downloader tool. It takes a link to the video, downloads it and converts YouTube audio to MP3. Converting YouTube to WAV is also possible. Youtube-to-mp3.exe 4.7MB


Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs. Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files. Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together. Change the speed or pitch of a recording.

See the website for complete list of features. You can download and install many optional plug-ins and libraries. I recommend Lame Mp3 encoder and FFmpeg Mp3 encoder, you may want to install others . Audacity 2.0.3 installer 20.3MB

CutePDF Writer

Convert your documents to PDF on the fly...too easy. Free for commercial and non-commercial use! No watermarks! No Popup Web Ads! 1.85MB Requires the Ghostscript converter too. 5MB


FreeFileSync helps you synchronize files and synchronize folders, it is completely free Open Source software. It’s an excellent Backup option, easy to use with a lot of great features. 6MB

Foxit Reader

Foxit PDF Reader is a small, fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows you to open, view, and print any PDF file. Unlike other free readers, it enables you to add annotations and fill out forms. It is small and doesn’t exhaust system resources like other bloated default pdf readers. 15.7MB


TreeSize Free shows the size of a folder including all subfolders and files. In an Explorer like style, also the wasted space. Every hard disk is too small if you just wait long enough. TreeSize tells you where precious space has gone to. 3.2MB


CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components. 4.99MB
(Make sure you click on the ‘CDBurnerXP’ free download button at the bottom of the page & not the sponsored link on the side of the page)


7zip is a file compression utility. It's easy for Windows users to forget that WinZip isn't the only file-compression utility in the world. 7-Zip packs and unpacks a host of archive formats, including ZIP, TAR, GZ, and its own 7z format. It can unpack many others including RAR, MSI, CAB,WIM, etc. See the website for the full list of formats. 7z922.exe is the file to download 1.1MB. After clicking the link, it will take 30 seconds to load and then you can download and save.


Mailwasher is the leader in spam filter software and the easiest way to check and manage your e-mails before you download them to your computer. MailWasher is free to use and won't ever expire. It works with Outlook, Outlook Express, Incredimail, Thunderbird, Windows Mail, GMail, Hotmail and every other email program. No more Spam or email borne viruses! 14.4MB

FileZilla Client

This free, open-source FTP application is handy if you're looking for a solid tool to handle FTP transfers. Bookmarking comes in two flavors: the Site Manager for all your major FTP locations, and QuickConnect for fast switching on the fly. FileZilla is no monster, either, eating up a manageable 50 MB in memory. Clearly, this is one of the best FTP tools around. 4.48MB

VLC Media Player

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.

Plays everything: Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams. Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed: MPEG-2, DivX, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3...

It’s without a doubt the best free multimedia player available on the web. 22MB


WinAlarm is a freeware reminder and alarm program. You can use it to remind you of specific forthcoming events, or of events that recur on a regular basis. It provides a customizable pop-up color-coded window bearing whatever text you enter, plus a customizable sound (if you want one). It can also provide advance warnings, and after-the-event reminder warnings. 1.7MB


Convert.exe is a great little program that doesn't install anything on your computer, just download it and when you want to do a conversion click on the convert.exe file and it runs. It will calculate an amazing number of conversions e.g. speed, temperature, torque, volume, energy, force, mass and many more. It is freeware, even for commercial and educational use as long as the program is not modified. Download the Convert.zip file which contains the program, a readme file including disclaimer and a FAQ document.

File Shredder

With File Shredder you can remove files from your hard drive without fear they could be recovered. There are quite a few software tools today for retrieval of deleted files in Windows. The "delete" operation in Windows only removes bits of information from files so they appear deleted. It is easy to retrieve those files using aforementioned specialized file recovery software. File Shredder shreds files permanently so as they can never be retrieved.

Go down to 3rd paragraph and click on download file shredder ‘file_shredder_setup.exe’ 2.2MB.


Speccy is an advanced System Information tool for your PC. Need to find out what's inside your computer? No problem! Speccy will give you all the information you need.

At first glance, Speccy may seem like an application for system administrators and technicians. It certainly is, but Speccy can also help normal users, in everyday computing life. Speccy comes in handy for support. If you're on the phone with technical support and they want to know what components you have installed, there's no need to hunt around Windows. Speccy has all the information on one easy-to-understand screen.

Choose ‘Speccy Free’. Spsetup122.exe 4.88MB

3gp Converter

Have you ever taken a video on your smart phone, iPad, iphone, tablet or other device and then after downloading to your computer, been unable to play it because the format is not recognised?

This utility is simple to use and allows you to convert your files to common formats such as .avi, .mpeg, mp4 etc. 3GP format is a multimedia container, it is used on 3G mobile phones, smart phones, tablets and other digital equipment.

The software uses the most advanced codec technology, fast conversion speed and high-definition. It supports almost all video formats. See the website for full list. 3gp Converter and save this file ‘Free3GPVideoConverter.exe 24.7MB

K-Lite Codec Pack

Sometimes files won’t play simply because your computer does not have the appropriate codec file installed. K-Lite codec pack is probably the most complete collection of codecs available. I install it frequently to solve play back issues.
With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play 99% of all the movies that you download from the internet.

There are several download packages available and descriptions are given here Codec Guide (Don’t download from this site because you may end up with add ons and other junk that you don’t need or want that are so prevalent on download sites nowadays).

It has been very well tested, so that the package doesn't contain any conflicting codecs. It is a very complete package, containing everything you need to play your movies including "Media Player Classic" which will play almost any video or audio file including many proprietary formats on the internet.
Most users use Standard unless they have a very specific problem requiring one of the larger packs. Download here and click on “Save as", they are zip files. Then right click and open with your extract program on your computer.